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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
In this exercise, we are going to change the Size and the Color of our text, and we will examine a few other formatting attributes as we go. I am still working inside Base layers.psd. I have now created a layer containing the number 365, set to the Font Minion Pro, Bold. Now, I want the text to be much bigger, so I could go up here to the Options bar, assuming that my title is active, and I could click on this growing T icon right there, in order to highlight my Type size value. And I could change it to 100, let's say.
And then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, in order to accept that modification. Now you don't have to work with points, even though it is a very common unit of measure where Type size is concerned. We are working inside Photoshop, for example. So what if you don't know what the resolution of your image is? Now, why would that be important. Well, let's go up to the Image menu for a moment, and I'll choose the image size command or Press Ctrl+Alt+I or Command+Option+I on Mac. And let's say that the Resolution of this image was 72 pixels per inch.
While there you may recall that there are 72 points in an inch, so it's 72 pixels per inch. Each point would be the same as a pixel whereas the actual Resolution of this image is 240 pixels per inch and if you whip out a calculator and divide 240 by 72, you will figure out that this means that there is actually three and a-third pixel per every point. Well, what if you don't want to whip out a calculator and what if you don't care and what if you're just working on a web image, and you want to be able to spec your text in pixels.
Well then, cancel out of here, ignore image size, and let's go ahead and click on the growing T icon once again and then enter a pixel value, like so. I'll go ahead and enter 400 px. That should be bigger because given what I was telling you a moment ago, to give 100 points and enter 333 pixels. So, 400 pixels should grow the type. I'll go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, and sure enough it gets bigger. And Photoshop automatically converts that measurement from pixels to points, based on Resolution value. All right, so that's one way to work.
Another way is to go ahead and just scrub this value if you like, you can scrub it to the right in order to grow the text like so, and you can scrub it to left in order to reduce the size of the text. By the way, you move the text because, notice that it's sort of offscreen for me, and I actually want it to be aligned to this guide intersection right there, which is basically even with the top of the F in Fashion, a little bit over to the left. So this intersection right there on her shoulder. And I can do that by pressing and holding the Ctrl key, here on a PC or a Command key on the Mac, to temporarily get my Move tool.
And that I would just drag my text down, so that the beginning of the text aligns to that guide intersection, like so. And then if I click inside of the text, I can see that my point isn't exactly on target. I want this point right there to be exactly aligned with that guide intersection for whatever reason. Notice when I've got the big blinking insertion marker that I have assigned using the Type tool, and this is kind of weird trick but is very useful. You can move your cursor out of the type, and it changes from the familiar I-beam to the Move tool.
Even though you are not actually touching anything at this point, changes the Move tool, and you can now drag while you see the Move tool. Don't try to move back to the point because you will get your I-beam cursor again. When you are seeing the Move tool, go ahead and drag and notice that that point will ultimately snap into alignment with the guide intersection. So that's where we want our text. Now let's say that I want to incrementally adjust the Type size from the keyboard. Here's a trick you should know about. I'll press Ctrl+A or a Command+A on a Mac to select all of the text inside of this layer which includes 365, and that's it by the way.
It looks like much more selected. But if I zoom out you can see that the Photoshop is just highlighting what would be the descenders as well. That is the bottom's coming off of the lowercase letters like p and q and g, and stuff like that. Anyway, 365 is all that's selected right now. Now I can grow or shrink my text from the keyboard. I am going to go ahead and scroll things over just a little bit, so that we can see what we are doing because I can't spacebar drag at this point. This is very important to bear that in mind. If you press and hold to the spacebar, you are going to enter a bunch of space characters.
So I don't want to do that. Anyway, that's why I was scrolling the old-fashioned way using the scroll arrow, down here in the bottom right corner of the window. Anyway check out this trick. This works across many of the Adobe applications by the way. If you press Control Shift Period or Command shift Period on the Mac, then you will incrementally increase the size of your text, and this actually happens in two point increments. If you press Ctrl+Shift+, or Command+Shift+, on the Mac, then you're going to shrink your text in two point increments. If you want to grow or shrink your text by 10 points at a time, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Period that would be Command+Shift+Option+Period. on the Mac.
And if you want to reduce the size of your text in 10 point increments, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+, or Command+Shift+Option+," on the Mac. So, couple of other different ways to work for you. Then once you are done, of course you press either the Enter key on the numeric keypad, or your press Ctrl+Enter or Command+Return on the Mac, to accept that modification. In our case, I happen to know what type size I landed on, ultimately. And I am going to enter it, by pressing this fancy keyboard shortcut here. I am going to press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, to select the Font option.
Then I am going to press Tab twice, to tab over to my Type size value. Then I am going to enter a Type size of 192 points and then press the Enter key or the Return key on Mac, and we now have the Type size exactly the way it was in that final version of the power magazine image. All right, now let's change the color of the text. I want it to appear red. And the red that I want to use is the red in the model's lips. So I want to a match that same red associated with her bottom lip, right there.
Couple of different ways to work. I have got this 365 layer active here. I could click on this Color Swatch, up here in the Options bar, in order to bring up the Color Picker dialog box. And then I could dial in the desired color, or I could move my cursor out here into the image window, and I could click on her lip in order to lift the color from the lip or dialed in, here using HSB values or RGB, what have you. Now this doesn't happen to be saturated enough for my taste. But that gives you a sense of one way to work.
I am going to cancel out, because here's another way to work. I could ignore that Color Swatch in the Options bar, and I could go directly for the eyedropper. I can press the "i" key to get my eyedropper because I'm no longer in the Text Edit mode, so that won't enter the letter "i". And I could click in her lip in order to lift a Color there, and you can see now that I've got the sampling ring, so I can change my mind on the Fly if I end up getting a low saturation color like that. That isn't really as punchy as what I am looking for. I can keep dragging my cursor round until I get a deeply saturated color, like so.
And then having done that I can go ahead and bring up my Color panel, which you may recall you get by pressing F6 key. And I am going to adjust this color a little bit. I am looking at my HSB values. I am going to change the Hue value to 5 degrees, the saturation value to 90, so raise that a little bit and reduce the brightness value to 75. And then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. Now my text is just sitting there at this point. White, as it ever was. If I want to fill it with this Foreground color that I just specified, then I would press that standard keyboard equivalent for filling things with a foreground color which is Alt+Backspace here on the PC or Option+Delete on the Mac.
So, a few different ways to change the size and the color of your text are here inside Photoshop.
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